I have never been a big consumer - my bank account wouldn't hear of it - and so I favoured a simple lifestyle, buying only what I needed and trying to find no-nonsense durable goods that could serve me a long time. I worked at our rather fragile household budget, wondered what to do if serious trouble arrived - our luck still holds - but also wondered about the destruction of nature, the depletion of oil etc. and what would happen to this planet and its inhabitants before the sun goes into its next phase. And I put the thoughts back on the shelf, because there wasn't a lot I could do and living with a partner who suffers from anxiety disorder can be very demanding. Then Joan posted this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnXZzx9pAmQ&feature=bf_prev&...
Quite shocking when for a time you've allowed yourself not to notice what happens all around you, and I didn't know what to do about it at first. Then the thought entered that an economic crash is no place for a 58 year old woman with a insignificant part time job and a bad back, but there's no place to weather the storm and cold storage is a bit too drastic for now. Some googling shows that although the governments seem to ignore the problem, there's a world full of people thinking and working at solutions. And it feels good, I want to be part of that.
So I've started reading what to do and the first decisions have been taken. To make yourself independent and self supporting is a very long road and we won't reach the end by a long way, but every step on this road is useful. I'm filling up the larder, looking at isolation and other ways to use less energy, and I'll convert my box flower garden into a box vegetable garden. September 12th today, and I can start sowing in February - all the winter for the planning!